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Cutting for Stone

A book by Abraham Verghese.

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  • Feb 20, 2010
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What a good read! Like "A Soldier of the Great War"-long, well written, vivid imagery, developed characters.
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review by . February 02, 2010
"Cutting for Stone" is one of those novels whose size and reputation could easily intimidate its prospective readers. It comes in at almost 550 pages, after all, and most of the story takes place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, of all places. Its main characters are Ethiopian, Eritrean, Indian, British, or some mix of those nationalities and, even when the action moves to New York City, it is to a part of the city few Americans know anything about. The novel is part history lesson, part love story; it …
review by . March 01, 2009
Abraham Verghese is a wonderful writer. There are a multitude of authors plying their trade today, producing a greater multitude of novels. Most of them are forgettable. A few are memorable. Cutting For Stone is a rare jewel in a sea of dross. I loved the scenes of Addis Abbaba, the descriptions of its people, places and customs. I was fascinated by the medical details, many brought out in the teachings of the wise physician Ghosh. The best part of the novel was the genuine humanity of its many …
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Amazon Exclusive: John Irving Reviews Cutting for Stone

John Irvinghas been nominated for a National Book Award three times--winning once, in 1980, for the novelThe World According to Garp. In 1992, Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay forThe Cider House Rules--a film with seven Academy Award nominations. Read his exclusive Amazon guest review ofCutting for Stone:

That Abraham Verghese is a doctor and a writer is already established; the miracle of this novel is how organically the two are entwined. I’ve not read a novel wherein medicine, the practice of it, is made as germane to the storytelling process, to the overall narrative, as the author manages to make it happen here. The medical detail is stunning, but it never overwhelms the humane and narrative aspects of this moving and ambitious novel. This is a first-person narration where the first-person voice appears to disappear, but never entirely; only in the beginning are we aware that the voice addressing us is speaking from the womb! And what terrific characters--even the most minor players are given a full history. There is also a sense of great foreboding; by the midpoint of the story, one dreads what will further befall these characters. The foreshadowing is present in the chapter titles, too--‘The School of Suffering’ not least among them! Cutting for Stone is a remarkable achievement.--John...

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ISBN-10: 0375714367
ISBN-13: 978-0375714368
Author: Abraham Verghese
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Vintage
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